Influencer sparks backlash by calling herself an 'essential worker': 'Time to wake up'

Morgan Greenwald
In The Know

The economic impact of the global pandemic is affecting everyone — even influencers.

In light of what’s happening, Australian influencer Billie Beever took to TikTok to share her frustrations.

In a teary-eyed video, she told her 23,000 followers that she’s “losing subscribers on OnlyFans,” her “main source of income.” In the caption of the video, she also refers to herself as an “essential worker.”

“This is really difficult to talk about because it’s so humiliating,” she says. “I can’t pay my rent anymore.”

@billiebeever

I’m an essential worker to.... its a tough time for everyone right now ..... even s3x workers ##fyp ##coronavirus

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Beever adds that even if she wanted to go back to work, the strip clubs are “all closed down as well.”

“I’ve got nothing else going for me,” she says. “I have no other talent. I’ve got nothing else.”

On social media, responses to Beever’s video have been mixed.

Some people have expressed their sympathy for the influencer, saying that she deserves respect like everyone else.

“You are a human being and deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else who has lost income due to COVID-19,” one person tweeted at Beevers.

“Sex workers are workers,” another person added. “A loss of income and not being able to do your job is distressing for anyone. Leave moral judgement out of it.”

Other users, however, think that Beever should simply use this newfound free time to learn a new skill.

“You should’ve gone to school, got a degree or something but you didn’t, hence you must face consequences & be responsible for those poor decisions you’d made,” one person said. “Sorry to spell it out for you, but it’s the reality.”

“Get some training, get a job!” another user commented. “Surprisingly thats what many of us have to do.”

“You don’t know what the real world is!” a third person wrote. “Time to wake up.”

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